Paleo Treats® Blog - Paleo info, ingredients, and righteous adventures beyond dessert
Paleo Treats® Blog - Paleo info, ingredients, and righteous adventures beyond dessert
October 30, 2023

It's actually pretty simple.

I've been reading about Joseph Priestly lately; the book is called The Invention of Air.  It has at least two mind-boggling concepts.  First, that we are not, in fact, at the end of human achievement, we're just somewhere along the path. 
Think back merely to pre-ChatGPT, which generally exploded just this past year, and you'll realize we're moving incredibly fast and still have so much to discover!
Second, that willingness to just do the work can lead to foundational breakthroughs.  Priestly did hundreds if not thousands of experiments, most of which taught him very little, before putting together a large enough body of work to draw connections between everything he'd done.
Without the body of work, there is nothing.
I've been creating and cutting stencils to make up my own t-shirts for the upcoming Rebel Moon series releasing on Netflix.  At first it was a laborious business; holding the razor just so, thinking about angles and perspective, making sure I don't cut out (literally) important parts.
Now, no one will be fooled into thinking I'm a professional, but I've been amazed at just how much you can improve if you put in the work.
Our muscles grow stronger, our eye grows keener, our imagination sharper if only we exercise them.
Put yourself to work this week!
My friend Wendy came over for dinner Sunday night (along with AK, for his last San Diego meal for a while).  Wendy is one of the most adventurous people I know; she just came back from a 20,000 mile odyssey on a motorcycle, going up to Alaska, across to the Atlantic, and back, stopping and swimming in every body of water she could find along the way.
A pretty cool reminder that adventure is still out there to be had!  
October 26, 2023

Don't go goblin up on my candy sale.

Another weekly email update for Ya!

It's been a while since you've had some Paleo Treats in your freezer and we thought you could use a special deal!
Take 20% off your next order with code STOCKUP !! 
Oh yeah, we're also including FREE chocolates in every order for the month of October. What are you waiting for?!
October 23, 2023

People are still rad.

My friend AK is moving and thinning out his belongings.  He gave me his fancy table saw.  I don't have space for two saws, so I decided to sell my old table saw (which is probably older than I am), for all the usual reasons.
Rather than go through the whole haggling process of Craigslit/OfferUp, I just drug the old saw out into the street, put a sign on it that said, "Works, slip $20 under the garage door if you take this" and biked off to work.
When I got home the saw was gone.  I opened the garage door and there was a $20 bill on the floor.  I was more stoked than I probably had a right to be, and I've gotten a lot of joy thinking about the honest person who got a good deal on a decent tool.
The world is alright. 
The same AK has a size 10 Oura ring that's looking for a home.  It's the "Stealth" color.  If any of you have giant sausage fingers, reply here and I'll connect you with him to get it.  
Saturday night at dinner I was asked how many Banditos I think I've eaten in my lifetime.  I estimate, on average, .8 per day every day since they've come out, or somewhere north of 2,000.
I know we have some Bandito fanatics out there, and Rico Ebetino holds the record for most Mustangs at one sitting (an unimaginable 20).  Do you think you've eaten more?
October 19, 2023

The near invisible.

Can I be grateful for the things unseen? The fact that my heart is beating on its own, my lungs giving and taking life, pushing out and pulling in like the tide. Perfection really. The miracle of the brain and nerves, driving the ship, holding us together and allowing us to create and love. Am I able to wake up, and just be thankful for the things unseen but nearest?

One of my friends and favorite chefs in LA Emily Baird has one of the best and simplest skillet chicken recipe here. All you need is a chicken, kosher salt and a cast iron skillet. Enjoy!

Day 10 of my skin regime experiment with Herbal Face Food and I am blown away by the results! I am using Serum 1, The Cure, and The Cream twice a day.

At least a couple times a day I get compliments that my skin is glowing, and I never thought I would find medical grade results in a 100% plant product. This stuff works, it tingles.  (You can use code PALEOTREATS for 20% off still). I’m a fan.

Cheers! Have an awesome week. <3 It's sweata weatha!



October 12, 2023

A smile.

For the month of October, we have been gifting free chocolate with both online and in store orders.
I LOVE seeing the smiles in our store when I hand out a little piece of chocolate. Totally makes my day; here's sending a smile you're way!
I'm OBSESSED.  This is week 2 of using Herbal Face Food, a medical grade skin care line made with 150+ botanicals and herbs.
For the first time after using a natural skin care product I'm actually seeing results. My brown spots on my forehead are going aways. It's so clean it's edible. (don't eat it). Use code PALEOTREATS for 20% off in their store.
It's been a heavy week. Reach out to your friends and family, especially your Israeli and Palestinian ones, and tell them you love them. 
I've been checking in with ours daily. There is hate in the world but there is a lot of beauty and love too.
Be the source of the latter. ❤️
October 09, 2023

Dorothy is rad.

It's good to have people to look up to.  One of my faves is Dorothy Ainsworth. 

"I always wanted a big log house…never mind I was a woman with no building experience, no fat bank account, and no helpmate. What I DID have was a piece of land, an old pickup truck, tons of energy, and a high pain threshold."
My kind of hero!  She's written at least one book about her experience building her own house (twice), and I just found out she's also released a video documentary, which I thought I'd share.  Here's hoping you get as inspired as I have by her!
How much do you read per day?  It just hit me that if I shifted an hour of my "internet" time to reading a book, I'd be better off. 
Sounds absurdly simple, but it's been awesome so far!  

Have you ever stumbled on something like that, where it should have been obvious but it took a long time to see?
Back in the early days of Paleo Treats, when Lee and I were meeting potential investors, they'd eventually say something like, "Oh, you guys are a lifestyle business.  Not our thing." 
They way they said it used to make me feel like we'd somehow built something not valuable.
That was probably 10 years ago. 
I'm still eating a Bandito every day, I still believe Paleo works about as well as anything, and I love every food item we sell. 
It ain't the easiest way to make money, and there have been plenty of times where we've barely made payroll , but on balance, I'd say the whole "lifestyle" thing is pretty valuable. 
October 05, 2023

Chicken Peace Declared.

1) If you caught Nik's last email about me and his Dad  having Chicken Wars over who can make better tasting chicken, they were both really good. Here was my recipe, it's the best chicken I've ever had.
2) I’m OBSESSED with Herbal Face Food. As you know, I am very picky as to what goes on my skin and in my body.
HFF is wild harvested, organic, handmade and is made with just PLANTS.
What I'm using: I started with Serum I and the Cure.  Just the scent of these products is awesome and I'm loving them so far.
If you want to try it, use code PALEOTREATS for 20% off. 🌱
3) We're sending love by chocolate this month. Free chocolate for all October online ordersand in store purchases in San Diego.  Sweeten it up, yo.
Cheers! LEE <3
PS: Follow our shenanigans on Instagram! 
October 02, 2023

The Ship has weathered every rack...

It started Sunday morning.   Dad's in town, and my friend AK was coming over for dinner.  We were discussing what to have when my Dad casually mentioned to Lee that he made the best chicken.
Lee immediately declared that she, in fact, made the best chicken.  My father disagreed.  Lee disagreed with his disagreement, and as these things go, a war was begun.
Luckily for everyone (with the exception of 2 chickens), the war was a great success.   
After an initial skirmish over who would get what parts of which chicken, cooking hijinks and skulduggery ensued, including graffiti on a certain someone's ingredients and a few impolite names tossed across the field of battle.
After marinating, battering, pounding, frying, grilling, and a host of other time-worn tactics, the repast was laid out.
As official judges, AK & I unanimously voted for a tie, and aside from a few catcalls and heckling from the cheap seats, the verdict was generally accepted.
With dinner out of the way, Lee reminded me on our evening walk that I should extend the 20% off on shipped orders through Monday, so if you're getting anything shipped, use code 20FORFALL at checkout for 20% off anything in the store.* 
Guns 'n Roses are playing a concert down in the valley tonight, and I can literally hear them from my house over a mile away up on the mesa as I type.
I'm pumped that a band I was rocking out to in high school is still gettin' after it on a Sunday night in San Diego. 
Whatever you think of the Gunners, they're still out there doing their thing.  Rock on, fellas!

Have a rad week!
p.s. Discounts do not apply to subscriptions or pickup orders; they are for shipping only 
September 28, 2023

End of September 20% Off

Hey in this weeks email...

We're running a little deal I thought you'd dig.

20% off any online orders with code 20FORFALL. 

That's good through October 1st for anything we ship.

The next big sale won't be 'til Black Friday, so we thought we'd make it easy to stock up now.

Rock on,

Nik @ Paleo Treats

September 25, 2023

The best make you better.

I was complaining to Lee this week about how the world was at fault for one of my problems.  I was hoping she'd say, "Aw, it's OK, you'll get through this."  Instead, she did something way better.  
She said, "Stop it.  You're just repeating lines you heard from someone else about how it's not working for them.  Instead of repeating bullshit, come up with something better."
It wasn't what I wanted to hear, but by God it was a reminder I didn't marry some milksop pushover, and I'd better step up my game.  I did, and while I didn't like it at the time, sometimes ya just have to be ready to be held to account for your bullshit.  
Plus one for Lee.
We had dinner with a friend Sunday night, and it was superb. Perfectly roasted pork from Da-Le Ranch, asparagus from the Hillcrest farmer's market, dessert was raw whipped cream on strawberries (Primal, not Paleo for you nitpickers).
Royalty of old didn't eat this well, AND I got a hot shower in at the end of the day.  Sometimes it's good to remember just how bloody amazing it is to be alive in 2023.  
Thanks for all the book recs last week!  I managed to get many ordered at the library.  While I'm waiting for those to arrive I've been wading through the Federalist Papers (not a a biography, but recommended by my buddy AK and they're online so I could start right away.) 
While the US Constitution is a pretty rad document, it's the Federalist papers that took it from 'Hey, that might work" to "This is the best form of government to yet exist."
If you've ever wondered what Americans have to be so proud of when it comes to government, the Federalist Papers are probably one of the best set of primary documents to read and learn from.
I always get a thrill from reading primary sources, even if it ain't the easily digestible chunks we've all been fed recently.  This is HISTORY, and it's HOT!
Have a rad week!
September 21, 2023

More than the fruit...

Have you tried fig leaf tea? Nik and I have a huge fig leaf tree in the front yard, and not only do we give away as many as we can with a sign that says 'FREE FIGS', but we also dry the leaves overnight in the oven.
The next day we crunch them up and store them in a jar for a morning tea. Steep for 5 minutes and no longer. Here's more info on the benefits. It is really delicious and clean tasting!
A powerful read I just finished, Prisoners of the Castle, An Epic Story of Survival and Escape from Colditz, The Nazis' Fortress Prison. Colditz was the prison that housed the Allied POW officers and important assets. WW2 was gnarly and brutal.
The book is excellent, and haunting. It told the story of Audrey Hepburn in the end, she was starving and sickly and one of the POWs gave her Mom cigarettes to trade for medicine. Saved her life and she went on to become well, Audrey Hepburn. Damn, I love a good history book. 
Lastly, something to cherish: There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind - you are the one who hears it. ~ Michael Singer
Have an awesome weekend. 
PS: Follow our shenanigans on Instagram! 
September 18, 2022

Singing For Your Health - Paleo Medicine

We don't often think about how music affects our health, but it does. Music therapy is a proven way to reduce stress, fight depression and anxiety, improve mental illness symptoms like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (and even Alzheimer's disease), and more. View full article →